Thursday 31 July 2014

A Bruising Battle

PUTEAUX, France, July 29th - A few hours ago, the Japanese Professional Mahjong League JPML posted a video of the final hanchan of the World Riichi Mahjong Championship. In this hanchan, which lasted for over two hours, a bruising battle took place between four Japanese: Hiroshi Yamai, Kazuhiko Nishijima, Jun Nishikawa and Noriyuki Kiriyama.


Martin Rep resigns

Rep

PUTEAUX, July 16th - Martin Rep, founder of Mahjong News, resigns as the editor of the one and only Independent Internet Mahjong Newspaper. He made his decision public in a speech which he delivered during the opening ceremony of the World Riichi Championship in Puteaux. He will be succeeded by Scott D. Miller, who has been an associate editor for some months.

Mr. Rep (1946) is a professional journalist. He was involved in organizing the first Open European Mahjong Championship (Nijmegen, 2005) and the first European Riichi Mahjong Championship (Hanover, 2008). The World Riichi Championship 2014 was initialized by him.

Mr. Scott D. Miller is the author of the mahjong instruction book ‘Mahjong From A to Zhú’ (Psionic Press 2013) and an instructor of the game at Amarillo College. He played in the European Riichi Mahjong Championship 2013 in Austria and was a referee in the World Riichi Mahjong Championship.

 

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34 arrested for unlawful mahjong gambling

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Prosecutors indicted 34 people for illegal gambling at a venue on Taipei's Hankou Street yesterday morning. Police arrested gamblers on the scene at the rented mahjong venue and confiscated a total of NT$111,320 (3.500 USD, 2.620 euros) — NT$76,320 in gambling funds and NT$35,000 in illegal profit.

After receiving reports of suspicious activities at the location, police went to investigate with a warrant on Feb. 24, after the Chinese New Year holidays.

They caught 32 gamblers, aged 21 to 82, who insisted they were playing mahjong for recreational purposes.

Police also arrested the venue organizer 56-year old Chen Yuan-qin, and 52-year old Chang Zhe-wei, who was hired to solicit gamblers.

Chang solicited gamblers by offering free memberships after simple identity checks, according to prosecutors. Gamblers were required to exchange NT$3,000 for chips, which they could exchange for money at the end of a game.

“It was difficult to let it slide,” said police, who are motioning for a summary judgment. The venue was casino-scale with eight tables in operation.”

(China Post) 



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